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http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2016/02/16/maryland-challenges-virginia-coal-ash-permit/

Maryland Challenges Virginia Coal Ash Permit

February 16, 2016

State Files Appeal Documents in Richmond

The state of Maryland has filed an appeal with the Commonwealth of Virginia calling for an official review of a recent Virginia Department of Environmental Quality decision to approve a coal ash water discharge permit for Dominion Virginia Power. That permit would authorize the release of potentially toxic pollutants into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. The appeal will go before the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond.

On behalf of the Hogan Administration, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources informed Virginia of the appeal in a letter from Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles to Virginia Executive Secretary of the State Water Control Board and Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality David Paylor.

"We look forward to working with Virginia on additional safeguards and monitoring protocols for the river. The Commonwealth has followed basic requirements and worked hard to include measures that will help but Maryland believes more can be done, particularly if our two states work together," Secretary Grumbles said.

"Maryland's Department of the Environment and Department of Natural Resources are focusing on metals in the ash, water quality monitoring in the river, where freshwater and saltwater are mixing, and additional measures for the closure of the ash ponds, including the types of protective liners and ground water monitoring wells," added Secretary Grumbles.

Maryland called for the review to ensure that the discharge of pollutants from the Dominion Virginia Power plant, located at Possum Point, along Quantico Creek, does not adversely impact the sensitive ecosystem of the Potomac River watershed.

In January 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources outlined its potential concerns with the Dominion permit in an eight-page letter detailing several serious points on the potential negative impact to human health and aquatic life, including the vast array of diverse fish species that live or pass through the river basin and the Chesapeake Bay.

"Any time we are releasing potentially toxic substances into the watershed, we need to ensure that we are doing our utmost to protect the ecosystem, the environment and - most importantly - human health, especially in the Chesapeake Bay watershed," Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. "We are confident that additional efforts by our two states working together will benefit the river and reduce any risks to the people, fish and wildlife that depend on its health."

Maryland's Office of the Attorney General provides the legal counsel and support to the Environmental and Natural Resources departments.

"Being good stewards of the Potomac watershed means taking extreme caution so that that untreated or improperly treated coal ash does not foul waterways," Attorney General Brian Frosh said. "Any plan to dump waste in or near the river needs heightened scrutiny and rigorous analysis, and that is what this legal step is ensuring."

Media contacts:

Environment: Mark Shaffer, (410)537-3056, [email protected]

Natural Resources: Stephen Schatz, (410) 260-8004, [email protected]

Attorney General: David Nitkin, (410) 576-6357, [email protected]
 

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Well on the outside looking in it may look like a good thing but you have to look at the history between these two states and its boundaries. Over the last hundred some odd years VA has challenged the line and river ownership in Federal Courts more than a few times and lost. Historically VA views the Potomac River as half theirs so they can do what is best for them on their side. On environmental and economic matters that pertain to its waterways VA has a horrible record. One only has to look at the Chicken Processing industry and its waste discharge policies. MD's concerns have fallen on deaf ears for generations. Its a good step for Hogan politically but nothing more than asking your neighbor not to let their dog **** in your yard. It has no teeth (pun intended).
 
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